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Klopp savours convincing Liverpool win in EFL Cup

Liverpool thumped Derby 3-0. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has his eyes set on another Wembley appearance after his side eased into the last 16 of the EFL Cup with a 3-0 win at Derby.

Ragnar Klavan's first goal for the club was followed after the break by strikes from Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi as the Sky Bet Championship team proved no match for Klopp's free-scoring Reds, who have racked up 19 in seven games this season - and that includes a 2-0 defeat at Burnley.

Liverpool were losing finalists against Manchester City in this competition last season and Klopp is keen for a return.

"This is a very important tournament for us, for the players, and we have to show it from the first second. Let's go for it," he said.

"You need to be 100 per cent professional in games like this, which could be difficult, but we were ready for every opportunity.

"We were better (against Derby) and we deserved to win. We created plenty of chances. Could we have done better? Yes. But is that important? No.

"We could've been better in the first half with the last pass and in the second with our counter-attack but we will take 3-0 all day.

"The pleasing thing is we're not surprised by it."

Klopp to name strong Liverpool side in EFL Cup

Klopp's side lost to Man City in the final of the cup last season. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will not hold back his star names for the EFL Cup and has pledged to name a strong team to face Derby.

Forward Roberto Firmino has recovered from the minor groin complaint which kept him out of Friday's win at Chelsea and Klopp sees no point in resting players just six matches into a season in which the Reds have no European involvement.

"You can be sure we will find a strong line-up again for this game," said Klopp.

"It is not about resting 100 per cent fit players, it is a normal rhythm and a rhythm we want to have next year again every three or four days (in European competition).

"Roberto is in training. The medical department told me he could have played against Chelsea, but I heard the word 'risk' too often so I decided no.

"I was very happy that it worked out. They told me if I gave him three days then everything would be perfect, so today is the fourth day so he is in."

That is not the case for central defender Mamadou Sakho, who is working his way back to fitness after an Achilles injury and still trying to win his manager's approval again after being sent home from the tour of the United States because of concerns about his attitude.

Klopp underlined that it will only be him who makes the decision on when - or if - the France international returns.

"He is closer, but there is a big difference between match fitness and everything. It is not about how the player feels, it is about how close I feel he is."


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